President’s Message by Jan Eriksen

Branch Updates

I’m pleased to announce that we have a new logo for the 2020 AAUW-WI Convention, designed by Tegan Jerde-Koonmen, Erica’s daughter. It will appear on all conference prepublicity and convention materials. Tegan has also created a smaller, simplified version of it to go on nametags and other less sizable items. Thanks so much to Tegan for her work! As a reminder, the 2020 AAUW Wisconsin Convention will be held here in La Crosse at the Radisson Hotel downtown on April 17-18. The conference theme, as the logo indicates, is a celebration of 100 years of women’s right to vote. More information will be announced as it becomes available.

On another note, AAUW Wisconsin has just released news about 2020 National Conference for College Women Student Leaders (NCCWSL) scholarships. Please see page 5 of the November 2019 newsletter for more information as well as the NCCWSL tab on the main page of the website.

Three of us from the La Crosse Branch – Ann Brice, Pam Thiel, and I — will be attending AAUW Wisconsin’s Public Policy Day on Saturday, November 2 at the Madison Technical College Truax Campus. The theme for the day is getting out the vote, especially as we approach the important election year 2020. The event is being held from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The morning session will feature three speakers: Matt Rothschild from Democracy Campaign sharing information on why voting matters and representatives from the Wisconsin Alliance of Women’s Health and Wisconsin Public Education Network highlighting issues that impact women and girls with a focus on Wisconsin legislation. The afternoon session allows participants the opportunity to work on advocacy strategies.

And our branch is fortunate again this year to have a strong nominee for the 2019 YWCA Tribute to Outstanding Women. Our talented candidate is Lois Gilbert, former VP of Programs; chair for several years of the committee to plan the annual Women’s Day Celebration; and a recipient of the 2012-2013 AAUWLa Crosse Branch name grant, among other volunteer work and honors. The awards event is Thursday, November 7, 4:45-8:00 p.m., at the La Crosse Center South Hall B. The YWCA is handling it differently this year by not announcing winners until the evening of the tribute. Please see the article in the newsletter regarding purchasing tickets for the awards dinner.